Yesterday morning, the farm was quiet and white, blanketed with about 15 inches of rather heavy, wet snow. Looking out into the swamp, the light from the rising sun shining through the snow-capped branches was breathtaking. And even though this snow made Craig's day about ten times harder than it would have been anyway, he managed to start the day in a good mood. Soon after heading out, he would find that the electric fencing for the hogs was weighted down with snow (and yes, the power is out) so there were hogs wandering about here and there, but all came home for their breakfasts, and by midday the portable generator had the fences hot once again, so all is well with our animals.
Seeing the birches dipping low like this always makes me think of Birches, the poem by Robert Frost.
Chickens are the only animals on this farm who really don't like the snow. This early in the morning, they were still tucked up on their perches (aside from the few who roost on the running gear at night). They spent the day in the coop and under the coop, looking suspiciously at the snow surrounding them.
You see, the chickens are supposed to be living in the hoop house for the Winter. BUT, one obvious problem: the hoop house is still waiting for its cover. Yes, we are working on it. I'll show you our recent progress in tomorrow's post. If this project doesn't get completed this week, we'll have to move on to Plan B (B is for Barn).
This much snow is unusual these days even in the middle of Winter proper. In October? Well, it sure is pretty, but having more than a foot of heavy snow fall this far out of season, with plenty of leaves not yet fallen off the trees? The NYTimes estimate is that more than THREE MILLION people are without power, and no telling when it will be restored. Five days is the only rumor we've heard so far.
Thank goodness for our Little Red Generator! Hands down, the best craigslist purchase EVER!
Stay warm, my friends. And Happy Halloween!